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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 5, 2008 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

Springbank did a vatting back in 66 using a barley grown locally near Campbeltown. It was bottled in 96 and was/is a phenomenal 30 yr old. Everything about it is good - nose, palatte, finish, legs. It had all the flavors Springers are famous for - tobaccoey, apricoty, creosotey, candied appley - all together and none dominant.

Tough to find and very expensive, about $1500 a bottle. I got mine when I retired from the Navy in 2003 from a close friend and fellow malt enthusiast.



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Poster: roughyed85 Date: Nov 5, 2008 1:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

That's the sort of stuff Abramovitch and his mates will be drinking. Completely out of my league. (RobTWS will probably be thinking the same thing) But good luck to you Mando!! Enjoy! (oh,you already have.)
Here are some bargain tips for us lesser mortals,and you as well, ;-)
Barbancourt 12 year-old rum from Haiti.(Yes,Haiti.) Forget these one-pot stills 20 year-old super-expensive things. It doesn't get better than Barbancourt.
Crozes Hermitage from Cave de Tain l'Hermitage. It's the co-op. This is the stuff they put (illegally) in Bordeaux to give it some body. Hermitage costs a fortune,but Crozes Hermitage is just as good. Any more good alcoholic recommendations?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 5, 2008 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

Personal favorite: Highland Park 12 yr old - fabulous Orkney malt, easy to find and not too expensive. About $50 at the ABC stores here in VA. If you like the 12 yr old step up to the 18 yr ol. About $90 but a great whisky. If I had to pick one single malt to drink for the rest of my life I would flip a coin over the 12 yr v. 18 yr old Highland Park.

Any Ardbeg - provided you like peat smoke.

Any Port Ellen or Caol Ila.

Longrow has a couple of very nice bottlings of their Sherrywood finishes out there, $50-60 tops.

A nice malt to cut your exploratory teeth on is the Glenmorangie Port Wood and Sherry Wood finishes. They have a Madeira wood finished bottling but I don't think it is anywhere near as good as the port or sherry finishes.

Aberlour 100 proof

Aberlour a'bunadh - 62.5% abv I think and very chewy. it will make you sit up - very smokey and puffy.

There are a ton of sexy malts out there if you want to pay for them. I ran into a Gordon and McPhails 43 yr old Linkwood in the Manchester airport in 2001. Vatted in 1954, bottled in 1997. They were in an odd lot bin in Duty free for $75 - I bought all 5. Alas they are gone.

If you want - we can take the malt discussion off line. Or we can keep it running here.

Hit me up at mandojamr@yahoo.com.

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Poster: roughyed85 Date: Nov 5, 2008 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

I'm little league,Mando! I'll pass your recommendations to my serious Scotch drinking mate. (I will email you with details of something obscure -so obscure I can't remember what it was- I got him for his 60th)
BTW, legend has it that whisky without the e was spelt that way deliberately, so Scottish distillers could pay label-printers less. (RobTWS can you confirm this tight-assed stereotype of your countrymen?)

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Poster: roughyed85 Date: Nov 5, 2008 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

How much, alfuckinready???!!!???

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Nov 5, 2008 3:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 5, 2008 1:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead: A possible solution from the Left Coast?

Yea dude. Not a typo - farking pricey. Not even gonna tell you about the 1946 Macallan or you'll blow an anuerysm.

Last I checked it was ~$7000.00 a bottle. A restaurant here in Va Beach has it for $350.00 a dram and $250.00 a shot.

Yes the decimal places are in the correct spot.

BTW - it is the finest malt whisky I have ever had and without peer.